Posts Tagged ‘collective unconscious’


Waking From Sleep

February 6, 2011

This is an excerpt from Waking From Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make them Permanentby Steve Taylor, a book I would highly recommend if you feel you’ve had such an experience  or are just interested in finding out more. This excerpt is from the end of the book and outlines why waking up is important, not just for ourselves but for the human race as a whole, the Earth  and the universe. I also really like the explanation about the ‘universal force’ which sounds very similar to my theory about Universal energy – when so many of us are individually coming to the same conclusions, I feel it shows quite clearly that we’re hitting on some universal truths.

The Way to Wakefulness

by Steve Taylor

To wake up is the single most important thing we can do in our life. We need to wake up for our own sake, to become free of the illusion of separation and of the psychological discord which fills our life with suffering. We need to wake up so that we can stop squandering our life and our potential in discontent, anxiety and conflict. Spiritual development is the ultimate form of therapy, healing the underlying discontent and disharmony of the human psyche.

We need to wake up for the sake of the human race as a whole, in order to free ourselves from the social chaos and conflict that have blighted the last few thousand years of history. The only possibility the human race has of living in harmony – without warfare, inequality and the oppression ofwomen and different ethnic and social groups – is through transcending the overdeveloped ego. Only then will the impulse to accumulate wealth and gain power over other people disappear. Only then will we gain the ability to empathize with other people rather than mistrust or exploit them, to sense the shared essence which lies beneath the superficial differences of race or nationality.

We also need to wake up for the sake of the Earth. Indigenous peoples’ wakefulness meant that they revered and respected the natural world, but our state of sleep has meant that we’ve seen nature as nothing more than a supply of resources. We have lost native peoples’ awareness of the sacredness of nature and their sense of bondedness to it. As a result, we’re in the process of abusing the planet’s life-support systems beyond repair. The only sure way to avoid this catastrophe and learn to live in harmony with nature is to transcend our sense of separation from it and sense that it is alive and sacred.

And finally, we need to wake up on behalf of the universe. As the teachings of Tantra and other traditions tell us, the energy of our own being, our life-energy, is an influx of the essential energy of the universe. As philosphers such as David Chalmers and Galen Strawson suggest, consciousness may not be something produced by the brain, but a fundamental universal force, a quality which is ‘woven’ into the very fabric of reality’, and the main purpose of our brain may be to channel this universal consciousness into our individual being. Consciousness exists prior to and beyond the brain; our brain receives and transmits it, so that universal consciousness becomes our own individual consciousness.


Rage Against The Establishment

December 24, 2009

As regular readers may have noticed, I’m currently taking a sabbatical from my blog writing. The reason for this break is that I’m working on a book which is quite an undertaking to say the least, so rather than scatter my creative energy, I’ve decided to focus the bulk of it on this one particular project. I’m also revamping my website and blog, in conjunction with my web designer, with the aim of relaunching in the New Year, and will be producing a workshop based on the contents of the book once the writing and the new website are completed. I’ll also be taking the Reiki 2nd degree course in February which will enable me to practise Reiki professionally, so as you can see, there’s a busy time ahead for me over the winter months.

However, following the news that the aptly named Rage Against The Machine has beaten the X-Factor offering to the coveted Christmas number one spot, I felt compelled to make some comment. If you haven’t caught any of the huge publicity this story has received, in a nutshell a chap from Essex started a Facebook group encouraging people to buy Killing in The Name (selected, I imagine, for its final refrain of ‘Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’) between 13-19 December, rather than the single released by the winner of the X-Factor, as a protest against the X-Factor’s stranglehold on the number one Xmas slot over the last four years. The campaign succeeded and a defeated Simon Cowell had to admit that he had been ‘over confident’ and that perhaps ‘not everyone liked the X-Factor’.

I personally despise the X-Factor as for me it represents much of what has gone wrong with our society. Our world is increasingly being controlled by the corporations and the mega-rich, who seem intent on squeezing every last penny out of us to fill their already vastly overflowing coffers. It’s not just the greed, selfishness and ‘I’m alright, Jack’ attitude which angers me though. It’s the patronising, arrogant and frankly insulting belief they seem to have that the masses are easily placated (i.e. fooled) through manipulation (“let’s tell them that the country’s economic problems are caused by the immigrants and the benefit scroungers, that’ll get ‘em off our backs”) and distraction (with whatever bland mass-produced corporate crap they place in front of us) – and the disgusting and horrific fact that if you don’t fall for their spin, their wealth renders them so ludicrously powerful that any protests are easily silenced, thwarted or simply ignored. (There’ll be much more on this in my forthcoming book, with thoughts and ideas about what you can do to promote change on a personal level).

So this is why I was so delighted that RATM succeeded. Though this was small scale stuff, it proved that People Power cannot be underestimated. All it took was one person to stand up and say ‘I’ve had enough of this’ – and now of course, thanks to the Internet, one person with a big idea can reach millions of people in record time. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this on a larger scale? If all of us could come together and agree to some kind of action which would really sock it to The Man? For example, what if we all decided to boycott the large stores – or even just the supermarkets – for one month? Or not pay any utility bills for one month – or maybe even one quarter? (March/April would be the best time to refuse to pay, when all the big winter bills are flooding in.) There’d be no way they could prosecute everyone or stop everyone’s supply so they’d probably resort to bully-boy scare tactics to try and get us back under their control, but the fact is we’d be hitting them where it hurts – in their overstuffed bank accounts. And talking of banks – maybe all of us with bank accounts could withdraw all our cash and either keep it under a mattress, or if that’s not possible, put all of it in a Post Office account or building society instead. Let the banks know how much we object to their greed through direct action instead of just moaning about it on internet forums or down the pub.

To slightly paraphrase Mr Lennon – you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Maybe there’s someone out there with far more charisma than me who can translate this kind of action into reality. Maybe by getting these ideas out there  now, they’ll take root in the collective unconscious and one glorious day enough people will realise that greed and selfishness is ruining our world and that at last it’s time to take a stand and make a difference. It’s certainly more likely to happen at some point over the next couple of decades as the younger generations become increasingly disenchanted with the fact that they’re having to pay through the nose for their education, with little chance of a job at the end of it; and the fact that if they do find a job, the cost of living is so inflated that they barely have a few quid left over for themselves – and certainly no chance of ever owning their own property. Perhaps then the masses will finally wake up and realise that they’ve been sold a lie about what brings you happiness and that the current system is actually geared towards bringing economic riches to a few at the expense of the overall well-being of the many. Here’s hoping.

In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful Yuletide, with many happy hours spent warm and snug with the people you love. And I’ll see you again soon in what I hope will be a much more empathic, compassionate and selfless New Year for us all. Cheers!


So what is synchronicity?

June 24, 2009

So what is this strange phenomenon ‘synchronicity’ and why does it happen?

Synchronicity is a term which was originally coined by the psychiatrist Carl Jung to describe an acausal coincidence between two unrelated events connected by meaning – a ‘meaningful coincidence’. Jung is famous for his belief that science and spirituality should be integrated, and felt that synchronicity was the perfect challenge to our cultural conditioning to only accept the rational and explicable.

The fact that despite the best efforts of the sceptics, synchronicity is a phenomenon which ultimately maintains its mystery is one of the things I find so intriguing and delightful about it. It demonstrates that there is more to our lives than that which is witnessed by our five senses or explained away by scientific research and that therefore there is perhaps a greater pattern in operation in the universe.

In her book Synchronicity: The Promise of CoincidenceDeike Begg expands on this concept:

The most interesting aspect of all truly synchronistic phenomena is that there appears to be a pre-existing knowledge of things to come, things of which we have at that moment no apparent awareness whatsoever. There seems to be an altogether ‘other’ that knows more than us, can see into the future and also has the ingenious ability to find the quickest route to return us to our destined path.

This ‘other’ which Begg speaks of is what Jung called the ‘collective unconscious’ and which I like to refer to as the ‘universal energy’. We see evidence of this ‘unconscious world’ which connects us all through synchronistic happenings, dreams, telepathy and the like – as Begg says, ‘in that moment we are aware that we are not alone, that there is a whole other world ‘out there’ of which we normally know nothing but which nevertheless reveals itself to us in order to help or warn’.

It would be easy here to get caught up in a lengthy discussion based on Jungian theory, but I feel that’s beyond the scope of this blog and something best reserved for a more in-depth article. So I’m going to cut to the chase and offer my own feelings about synchronicity and what these strange occurrences mean to me, based on contemplation, research and empirical evidence.

I think there’s a part of all of us – the ‘higher self’, if you like (the ‘unconscious’ in psychological terms) – which is tuned into the universal energy (or collective unconscious – see below for an illustration of how this works). Some people are more in touch with their higher self – and therefore the universal energy – than others. Through this higher self, the universal energy gives us ‘nudges’ through such phenomena as synchronicities to encourage us to expand our awareness and open up to the infinite possibilities which exist beyond our conscious mind and our ‘everyday’ self. The majority of people, when experiencing a truly awesome synchronicity, will take a moment to ponder whether there is perhaps more to life than the purely material, and for some, this will trigger a search for ‘something more’, beyond that which is tangible.

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But this nudge into awareness is just the beginning. Once you begin to listen to the voice of your higher self – the voice which I call ‘inner guidance’ – then the synchronicities will begin to appear more and more. These syncs are like destiny’s signposts – I find that they usually occur to either reassure me I’m on the right path, or to show me the way when I’m feeling bewildered about which direction to take. The latter is also usually a nudge to remind me to let go and follow my inner guidance, as the bewilderment is usually caused by ego-generated fears. When I do surrender to the universal energy and listen to the messages coming through my higher self, then the path to follow is pretty clear.

Here’s an example: I first had the idea for my website and blog three years ago (almost to the day). Whilst giving guidance to an internet friend, I suddenly had an intuitive flash – maybe my life purpose was to be an ‘intuitive guide/healer/therapist’, combining my traditional counselling training with my intuitive/empathic nature, and using my writing skills and journalistic background to impart information and work with people online. I was concerned, however, about how feasible this idea was and my fears went into overdrive. Was this a realistic way to consider making a living? Would my family and friends shun or mock me as a ‘weirdo’? Confused and nervous, I picked up a random book from my vast collection and opened it. The book was The Lightworker’s Way by Doreen Virtue and the first page I turned to said this:

She also relayed a message that she had received for me: ‘Don’t worry so much, because everything is going to work out perfectly.’

With that sentence, I blushed. I had been worrying. So much of my world, my thoughts, my beliefs and my relationships were shifting, and I felt that my foundations were very shaky. The more I reopened my long-neglected spiritual interests, the less interested I was in traditional psychology. Yet, I feared my income depended upon my writing about and conducting ‘academically correct’ psychological work. What would I do for a living if I walked away from traditional psychological methods and beliefs?

Another one of my overriding concerns was my relationship with my fiancé, Michael. Although I deeply loved him, I wondered whether my emerging spirituality would pull us apart. I longed to talk to him about my exciting clairvoyant experiences, but I expected him to scoff at or overanalyse my words. Michael had never given me cause to draw these conclusions; I just didn’t feel comfortable discussing my fragile new world with him.

On reading this, I became very emotional (strong feelings and physical reactions – e.g. tears, shaking, goosebumps or  feeling excited and more alive – are usually a powerful indicator that something special has just occurred). What a wonderful sign! The author of those words, Doreen Virtue, is of course extremely successful in her chosen field, and she also states later in the book that her fears about her fiancé were totally unjustified.

Obviously I listened to this message and followed up my original idea which is why I’m writing this today. The key to making the most of the synchronicities in your life is to pursue the path which you feel they point you towards. Sometimes it’s not always as clear cut as the above example, but the feeling that something pretty powerful has occurred and a willingness to be open to what your inner guidance has to tell you and to tentatively follow the trail which the synchronicity has left in its wake can be enough.

For instance, I intuitively feel that the Pete Duel synchronicity I shared with you on Monday relates to my work and consequently my life purpose. The story of this sync covers several decades of my life, from when I was a girl and felt a strange inexplicable connection with Pete, right up to the present day when I wrote the article stating that I felt he may have been an unaware empath. I think I recognised at some level that there was something important going on here before the actual sync occurred, which is why I discussed it with my partner and did some more research into Pete’s life. The wonderful synchronicity confirmed me to that this is a trail of some significance which is definitely worth pursuing – and who knows what exciting opportunities may arise or what discoveries I may make as I explore this path further?

If you’d like to read more about synchronicities, here are some more links which may be of interest:

When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Lifeby SQuire Rushnell

The Three Only Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imaginationby Robert Moss

The Celestine Prophecyand The Celestine Vision: Living the New Spiritual Awarenessby James Redfield


What can I do?

June 8, 2009

The internet – for all its failings – is a prolific resource, with pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about anything available in your own home whenever you like. Over the last few years, I’ve received encouragement about my chosen path, my theories and my beliefs, as well as assurance that I’m not the only one who sees ‘the  bigger picture’  through reading books and articles by like-minded people – often stuff that I wouldn’t have been aware existed, let alone have had access to a mere decade ago.

Since I started this blog, I’ve been working on a number of articles for my website Inner Simplicity with Empathic Guidance and I’ve now decided that it’s high time I got a few of them finished. So this week, in order to give myself time to complete them, I’m going to feature a selection of articles from other sites, with links for you to follow up if your interest is piqued. All these articles reflect my own views and beliefs (though this does not mean that I necessarily endorse all  the material  featured on the websites they originate from). I hope they inspire you and assist you along the way during your own personal development journey.

This first article is from a fascinating site called Beyond Within, which has some interesting and highly recommended articles  covering a wide range of topics, including a particular favourite of mine, energy. The article  I’ve chosen to feature here, written by Palehorse, explains the concept which I introduced originally in the ‘Hundredth Monkey’ blog.

(Edit 7 May 2010: I recently had an energy scan reading done by Gehenna from Beyond Within and was absolutely blown away by how accurate it was – what an amazingly gifted woman. Click here for more information.)

What Can I Do?

When we get to a point on our paths when our awareness is increasing, it’s common to feel a sense of overwhelm about the state of the world in which we find ourselves. War, poverty, hunger, corruption. It can be an even harder pill to swallow when we figure out that most of these problems were deliberately created to put more money, power and control in the hands of the few.

We ask ourselves — what can I do to make a difference? Should I take up activism? Give to charity? Research and expose deception?

While all of those things are important and have their place — they’re also reactionary. They might help a few individuals, but they probably won’t make a dent in the source of these problems. In order for real change to take place on a wider scale, there needs to be a shift in consciousness — a fundamental change in the way that people operate and relate to each other. How can we help bring this shift into being at an individual level?

“Change yourself, and everything changes.”

This isn’t just a New Age cliche. We are all part of a vast network, connected at the energetic level. When we change something about ourselves, the energy we’re putting out changes accordingly. At the subconscious level, everyone connected to us then has a choice to make: either they find our new direction agreeable and it gives them a boost toward making their own change, so that they remain compatible with us. Or, they choose to stay where they are, and most likely drift out of our lives.

It can be hard to see this in action since most of the time when we change, we do so gradually, often unconsciously, in response to other people and circumstances. When we change in a reactionary way, we are part of the effect rather than the cause. When we’re against something, we negate our own best intentions because the subconscious, the collective unconscious and the universe itself don’t register negatives. When we’re for something, when we decide in advance what we’d like to see more of in our lives and change ourselves to reflect that, is when we become part of the solution.

My approach involves a combination of learning who I am and deciding what kind of person I will be, and using techniques I’ve developed to affect changes in myself quickly, at deep levels. This has been known to produce rapid, even volatile shifts in my life circumstances. While this can be initially jarring, it has also given me the opportunity to learn how the “network” operates by witnessing it firsthand, often in startling ways. One of the things I have learned is that when we change, we send out a ripple effect that compels change in those we’re connected to. Or, if they choose not to change with us, they drift out of our lives. More than once I have made sudden significant changes in my life, only to begin seeing a wave of people in my sphere of influence making similar changes in their own — regardless of whether we were in direct contact, or even whether they knew what was going on with me. Needless to say my experience with this phenomenon really opened my eyes to the power of a single individual to bring about real change. It’s not hard to imagine how this principle would play out in the world if more people stopped being reactionary, stopped trying to control external circumstances and people, and instead focused on being masters of themselves. When it comes down to it, controlling other people and outcomes is ultimately futile. Our own selves are the one thing we are able to have control over — but therein lies the source of our personal power, and our ability to be a force for positive change.

Our ideal world will not be created by one group forcing its will on others, much less by force of arms. Each of us can begin helping to create our ideal world now, by striving to BE the kind of person who would populate it.


The Hundredth Monkey

May 22, 2009

I know this story has been discredited in certain quarters but whether it’s true or not, I like the analogy so I thought I’d post it anyway. It resonates with me as this is how I believe the collective unconscious works and  I feel that even if the story is fabricated, it still works as a myth or fairy tale, in that it reflects some truths about an aspect of humanity.

The Hundredth Monkey

by Ken Keyes Jr.

The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years.

In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists.

Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.

Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known.

Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes.

Let’s further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them.

The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice.

A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea —

Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.

But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

Source: The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes Jr.

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